Government funding for Russian LNG ships
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The Russian government is to allocate more than 30 billion roubles ($410 million) in subsidies over the next three years in subsidies for the construction of vessels for transporting liquefied natural gas in the Arctic, a senior official said.


      Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Aleksei Besprozvannykh said more than 31 billion roubles would be earmarked for the Zvezda (Star) shipyard for construction of 15 gas carriers for the Arctic LNG-2 gas extraction project and for three MR type all-purpose gas-fuelled ships.
     The vessels will carry LNG year-round to Asian destinations via the Polar sea route.
     Eight icebreakers of varying capacities and for various purposes were built in Russia from 2015-2019. Construction is underway of five nuclear icebreakers from Project 22220 – the main icebreaker is already in operation and the remaining four will be bought into service by 2026. They include the icebreaker Chukotka – to be launched in December.

Between 2027 and 2032, the project to build Leader class icebreakers – the most powerful in the world – is to begin, with the first to be brought into service in 2027. The following vessels are to be completed in 2030 and 2032. The Zvezda shipbuilding complex is creating a consortium with Rosneft – and the shipyard is to build more than 50 vessels. Rosneft is to be the main source of orders.

     For the Arctic LNG-2 project, the Novatek natural gas company is to build three sections of a plant to produce LNG based on the Yamal deposit — with annual production of 6.6 million tonnes and up to 1.6 million tonnes of gas condensate. The first section is to be opened in 2023 and the second and third are to follow in 2024 and 2026.

     Also taking part in the project are the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) as well as French giant Total and Mitsui and Jogmec (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation) from Japan.

    The Zvezda shipyard began construction late this year of the main vessel of the Arc7 ice class – Icebreaking LNG carrier for the Arctic LNG 2 project. These tankers are able to operate in the most severe climatic conditions and in ice more than two metres thick.

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